Biobased Aromatics: 17 October

Customers are looking for excellent performance materials/products with enhanced  safety features. At the same time, environmental demands are increasing. This means new developments need to have the ambition to make the economy circular and the planet more sustainable.
Today, 40% of all chemicals contain aromatic structures. As such, biobased aromatics can play an important role in improving sustainability. Using them often leads to stronger and better perfoming materials with less health and safety issues.
The biobased-aromatics initiatives launched by VITO via BIORIZON (a Flemish/Dutch collaboration between VITO and TNO) and FISCH (Flanders Innovation hub for Sustainable Chemistry) are focused on industry-driven research in this domain. The findings and results of the innovations they develop enable you to redesign your products to the customer’s demands of today.

Join-in on this one-day event and become inspired by the impact these new molecules can have on your materials and business.



Antonio Oliveira

Antonio Oliveira

Bioeconomy and Climate Change Adviser
Centre for Strategic Studies and Managment
Dirk den Ouden

Dirk den Ouden

Stora Enso - Nederland
Florian Graichen

Florian Graichen

Scion - New Zealand
Hans Hoydonckx

Hans Hoydonckx

Business Development Manager
TransFuran Chemicals
Jan Larosse

Jan Larosse

Senior scientific advisor
Jan Van Havenbergh

Jan Van Havenbergh

Managing director
Ludo Diels

Ludo Diels

Research manager Sustainable Chemistry
Nelo Emerencia

Nelo Emerencia

Coordinator programming
Bio-based Industries Consortium
Roberto Tangorra

Roberto Tangorra

R&D Process Development Technologist
Biochemtex Italy
Thomas Farmer

Thomas Farmer

University of York - UK
Tom Browne

Tom Browne

Program Manager
Biorefinery and Bioenergy
Victor Vreeken

Victor Vreeken

Chief Operation Officer YXY Technology
Avantium Chemicals BV


09.30 - 10.30

Registration and coffee

10.30 - 10.40

Welcome by Bert Bouwman (VITO)

10.40 - 10.50

Jan Vanhavenbergh (FISCH, Belgium), Regional/Flanders Strategic focusing in a global business domain: bioaromatics in Flanders

10.50 - 11.00

Jan Larosse (EC, DG Regio), Smart specialisation and the interregional collaboration

11.00 - 11.10

Nelo Emerencia (BioBased Industry): Valorising biomass into value-added products; expectations for bio-aromatics

11.10 - 11.35

Ludo Diels (VITO), Why Biobased Aromatics and the international scene

11.35 - 11.55

Thomas Farmer (University of York, UK), Bio-based Aromatics: new building blocks versus drop-in replacements

11.55 - 12.10

Antonio Oliveira (CGEE, Brasilia, Brazil), Brazilian Bioeconomy: An overview of  lignocellulose related activities and needs

12.10 - 12.30


12.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.20

Bert Sels (Kuleuven), Catalytic biomass conversion and opportunities towards novel chemicals

14.20 - 14.40

Victor Vreeken (Avantium/BASF, Netherlands), The FDCA-story

14.40 - 15.00

Tom Browne (FP Innovations, Canada), The forest-based biorefinery: A Canadian perspective

15.00 - 15.20

Roberto Tangorra (Biochemtex Italia S.p.A., Italy), The MOGHI Technology: from lignin to BIO aromatics

15.20 - 15.50


15.50 - 16.10

Dirk Den Ouden (Stora Enso, Sweden), Beyond pulp & paper: innovation and sustainability

16.10 - 16.30

Hans Hoydonckx (TransFuranChemicals, Belgium), Furan chemistry in sustainable materials

16.30 - 16.50

Jon Birger Syvertsen (Kebony AS, Norway), Kebony – modified wood to the world

16.50 - 17.10

Florian Graichen (Scion, New Zealand), Yes we can! Making money from lignin – from trees to industrial products               

17.20 - 17.40


17.40 - 17.50

Ludo Diels, (VITO, Belgium), Wrap up

17.50 - 17.55

Signing ceremony MOU VITO – BIC (BioIndustrial Innovation Canada)

17.55 - 18.00

Transfer to the evening program

Why be there?

  • The opportunity to meet with industry experts
  • Discuss new opportunities of biobased aromatics in the materials of tomorrow
  • Be part of the selected group of experts building on the chemistry transition.
  • Participate in the exclusive plenary evening sessions of i-SUP2016 where high level keynote speakers will be our guest

Track chair and primary contact

Bert Bouwman

Bert Bouwman

Unit Manager - Separation and Conversion Technology
+32 14 336960

Track co-chair and primary contact

Ludo Diels

Ludo Diels

+32 477 622304